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Learn how to prepare groundnut soup in a Ghanaian way

Groundnut soup is a special delicacy in the lives of Ghanaians nationwide regardless of the ethnic background. It is unknown which tribe came up with it first but it is one of the favourite soups to all Ghanaians if you ask me.I’ll take you step by step through the preparation of this special tasty soup but first, let’s get through the ingredients you will need and also the appropriate utensils.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Groundnut paste
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • 3 medium Tomatoes
  • Pepper(dried/powdered)
  • 3 Medium Onions
  • Okro(optional)
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Stock cube
  • Any spice or seasoning you prefer


  • Any pot or cooking bowl large enough the way you want
  • Laddle to stir
  • Asanka*(Earthenware pot)/Blender(if you want)
  • Tapoli*
  • Knife

Let’s get cooking! Ready?

Step 1:

  • Cut and put all the kinds of fish and meat you want to use to prepare your soup in the cooking bowl or pot you want to cook in.
  • Add the seasonings you want and mix thoroughly.
  • Put the content on medium heat to steam for about 10 minutes. You can add little water to create the steam. Turn the content over or stir occasionally to ensure that the entire content is properly steamed.
  • Take off the heat when it’s properly steamed.
    NOTE: You can steam to whatever time you want and also the level of steam and time it may take to steam largely depends on the amount of heat you apply. But don’t steam over very high heat.

Step 2:


  • Put a desireable quantity of the groundnut paste in another cooking bowl(could be smaller) and mix with just enough water to make a very thick mixture and put on fire.
  • Stir continuously while it’s on fire until you start noticing the presence of oil forming on the mixture. That indicates the readiness of your groundnut to make the soup.

Step 3:

Add more water to the groundnut after ‘frying’ it and mix with your hands thoroughly. Let it be somehow light and add to the steamed meat in the other bowl.

Step 4:

  • Put the content on the fire to simmer.
  • Peel the onions nicely and add to the content on the fire with the tomatoes also. Make sure they are well washed, Okay? Hygiene is very important.

Step 5:

  • Allow the content to simmer till cooked but before, remove and grind the tomatoes and onions when the get very soft and add it to the soup on fire some minutes before the soup is ready.
  • Add the stock cube and stir.

To Know the soup is ready, you’d notice oil forming on top of the soup and the flavour coming out nicely.

Add salt to taste, wait till it dissolves and yipeee!!!

The soup is ready!!!

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